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Liverpool vs Man City, Community Shield 2019 prediction

What is it?

The Community Shield is the traditional opener to the new season of football – and a sign that it is time to get excited about the matches to come.

It pits the winners of the Premier League against the winners of the FA Cup but this year, as Manchester City won both, Premier League runners-up Liverpool will take to the pitch.

When is it?

Sunday 4 August – ie today.

What time is kick-off?

Kick-off is at 3pm BST.

What TV channel is it on?

You can catch the showdown live on BT Sport. Alternatively, follow all the action here at Telegraph Sport.

What is the team news?

Liverpool

Mohamed Salah, Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino may miss out after returning from their summer breaks earlier this week. Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri are injured.

Man City

The City squad is now close to full strength after a number of players missed the pre-season tour of Asia due to international commitments.

Guardiola said: “Except Fernandinho, everybody is back. The guys that came back later maybe they will get a few minutes.”

Midfielder Fernandinho, who was at the Copa America, is due to return to training next we

What are they saying?

Jurgen Klopp

Klopp appeared to criticise Guardiola’s spending on players. Guardiola has spent in excess of half a billion pounds en route to winning back to back Premier League titles – something Klopp likened a “fantasia land”.

“This year is not the end of Liverpool FC,” said Klopp.

“I can’t say anything about what other teams are doing. I don’t know how they do it. We have to pay bills. Sorry. Everybody has to pay bills; we have to pay bills. We in vested money in this team. Now it looks like we are not.

“But we are not in this fantasia land where you just get whatever you want. You cannot do it constantly. It looks like there are four clubs in the world who can do it constantly. Madrid, Barcelona, (Man) City and PSG. Whatever they need, they do. You cannot compare that. That is the situation.”

Pep Guardiola

Guardiola said he disagreed with comments from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp over City’s spending.

Klopp claimed Liverpool were unable to compete in the transfer market with the likes of City, who “can do it (spend big sums) every year.”

Guardiola said: “Of course it bothers me because it’s not true that we spend £200million in every transfer market. Last season we spent £17million (net) on one player.”

What are the odds?

  • Liverpool  14/5 ​
  • Man City  10/11

What’s our prediction?

Manchester City swept the board with domestic success last season with Liverpool incredibly unlucky to miss out on Premier League success. Jurgen Klopp has the upper hand over Pep Guardiola in season curtain-raisers, a record that stretches back to both managers’ time in Germany, but with several big name players only just returning to Melwood after a busy summer, this could be a City victory.

Prediction: over 1.5 goal